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Old 01-27-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Packers defense must go in a certain direction

Packers defense must go in a certain direction
By SAM FARMER / Los Angeles Times
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011...a-certain.html

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES-What the Green Bay Packers defense must do to stop the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl (Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. EST, Fox):

What's right is right

The Packers need to attack Ben Roethlisberger from his right side to push him left. That means the Steelers quarterback will have to throw across his body when he scrambles loose, rather than setting up in a more natural stance and finding his receivers. Roethlisberger is at his most dangerous when the play breaks down and matters are at their most chaotic. No one extends a play as well as he does.

Roethlisberger is so strong that when teams attack him from his left, he's often able to shove would-be tacklers aside and still get the ball out of his hand.

Don't tread on me

Stopping the run is huge for the Packers. They cannot let the Steelers control the clock the way Pittsburgh did against the New York Jets. That means containing Rashard Mendenhall. That should be a bit less daunting because the Steelers are banged up on the offensive line and almost certainly won't have their best such lineman, rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Jets. Never mind all those great zone blitzes and pass-rushing threats. If the Packers can't stop the run, they're doomed.

Deep thoughts

The Packers can expect that Roethlisberger is going to test them early with a deep shot to blazing-fast receiver Mike Wallace. That's what happened when these teams played in 2009 - Pittsburgh threw a go-route to Wallace for a 60-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Depending on the down and distance, the Packers will need to double him.

But don't expect that coverage to always be a cornerback under and a safety over the top. Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers is far less predictable than that. The Packers will mix and match, and disguise. It could be any number of combinations, including a linebacker underneath and a cornerback over the top. Regardless, the Packers need to be especially aware of him.

Charles in charge

Green Bay needs to continue to take advantage of all the playmaking capabilities of big cornerback Charles Woodson. When the Steelers go to three wide receivers, watch for the Packers to move Woodson inside over the slot receiver - typically Hines Ward - which gives the Packers five stand-up players in their 2-4-5 defensive formation (Woodson and the four linebackers).

Bringing Woodson into the tackle box puts him in better position to blitz Roethlisberger, and the Packers corner is so quick it creates a mismatch with any of the Steelers' offensive linemen. Accounting for Woodson in those situations is very difficult.

Another view

Greg Cosell, executive producer of "NFL Matchup": "If the Steelers can't create some continuity with the running game, the Super Bowl will become a Ben Roethlisberger random-improvisational game. He's very good at that, but you can't rely on it, because improv by its very nature is random."
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Green Bay needs to continue to take advantage of all the playmaking capabilities of big cornerback Charles Woodson. When the Steelers go to three wide receivers, watch for the Packers to move Woodson inside over the slot receiver - typically Hines Ward - which gives the Packers five stand-up players in their 2-4-5 defensive formation (Woodson and the four linebackers).

Bringing Woodson into the tackle box puts him in better position to blitz Roethlisberger, and the Packers corner is so quick it creates a mismatch with any of the Steelers' offensive linemen. Accounting for Woodson in those situations is very difficult.
Big key to the game right there.
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Big key to the game right there.
agreed. i guess heath miller can motion over to his side when we see them in that formation. he can knock woodson off is blitz and leak as an outlet receiver.

im sure mendenhall will be looking out for this as well.

it may be a bonus everytime we use 11 personnel, that woodson is rushing instead of in coverage.

what will the packers do when we do the EXACT same thing with ike or troy (see flacco and sanchez sack/fumble=td)?
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i guess heath miller can motion over to his side when we see them in that formation. he can knock woodson off is blitz and leak as an outlet receiver.
Woodson doesn't handle chucks on a blitz well. T Williams will switch with Woodson here, but then you lose the speed in coverage. Hopefully Capers can keep you befuddled. He's been getting exotic lately.



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You can't. You have a very good D. But your secondary will leave outs for Mr. Rodgers. You simply don't have the personnel to cover 5.
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He's been getting exotic lately.

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capers and lebeau have been getting exotic since the 90's.

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we cant? we have one of the best defenses ever that is in its 3rd superbowl in 6 years.

if we rush six, that still leaves 5. if we rush 5, that leaves six, and if we go conservative rushing 4 and confusing rogers, it leaves 7.

simple math says we CAN.

ravens bet the farm that we couldnt cover mason, houshmandzadeh, boldin, heap, and stallworth. it was supposed to be a fantasy footballers wet dream.

unfortunately for them, since the steelers lost to the patriots, pittsburgh has been the stingiest pass defense in the league. stingiest run defense as well.

the one thing i really like about rogers is an interview he gave in lake tahoe last offseason.

him and matt ryan both agreed that they prefer only their 5 linemen for protection in the face of a blitz cause it gives them that many more options in the passing game.

they would prefer 5 going out as opposed to having a TE, RB, or both, staying in to block.

that takes balls. and that takes brains. when james harrison is one of the 4-5 rushing, it takes more balls than brains.

they are both 2 of the top up and coming superstars in the league. one showed they can be beaten

the packers rushers are formidable. but i think ben is more of a pure athelete than woodson or matthews. he will almost certainly get sacked, but there will be several plays the packers think they got a bead on him and like whodini, he escapes. thats just what he does.
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there will be several plays the packers think they got a bead on him and like whodini, he escapes. thats just what he does.
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When woodson checks into the box, hines and mendy will run over him.
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